Iteration 1.1

There it was again, the twitch, the glimmer, just on the edge of Jacob’s vision. It was as if his field of vision were some great stage upon which his world was playing, but at the edges, where the actors were slipping off stage, the real show was happening. Yet whenever he turned to catch these glimmers, his direct gaze found nothing and he was left with a nagging feeling that he was missing something terribly important. He was missing the Show, and that’s what was really getting to Jacob.

“That’ll be six ninety four.”

“What?” Jacob replied, shaking away the spider webs in his mind for a moment and looking at the girl standing across the counter from him.

“Six. Ninty. Four.” She repeated, gesturing to the chips and beer setting on the counter, in case the over-stressing of each word was insufficient.

“Oh” Jacob replied, fishing his wallet out and trying to focus on the present.

Yet he could see them, the movements, still. Over by the freezer section, near the cheap wine and overpriced candy, something danced just outside his perception. And by the door, in the other direction, the sign warning that ‘closed-circuit cameras were in use’ just barely concealed something beyond. What, he couldn’t tell.

The whole thing had started no more than a week ago, and at first he had dismissed the fleeting figments as the side effects of fatigue and stress. But, instead of dwindling as he had made time to relax and catch up on sleep, they had become more common, with scarcely a few minutes passing between. And, as of last night, the visions were now teasing him in both the waking world and the realm of dreams.

Maybe forty ounces of Milwaukee’s Best would resolve that.

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~ by brokenrazor on October 7, 2008.

One Response to “Iteration 1.1”

  1. Wow – this is really good. Really well written.

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